Halloween is only a few days away. Hopefully, you have your costume lined up for the first of many Halloween parties you’ll probably be attending. In college, Halloween seems to last — not just all weekend — but usually most of the week depending on what day Halloween lands on. One of the things I miss most about being a child (aside from the whole “no responsibility” thing) is trick-or-treating. I miss going door-to-door getting candy from random strangers and combing over every single piece that night. Unfortunately, trick-or-treating is usually frowned upon after a certain age, but if you want to get in touch with your inner child, here are ten ways to trick-or-treat at 20… (or just over age 18).

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1. Hire A Kid to Come With You

Walk around your neighborhood and find kids without their parents. Offer to split their candy profits for a quick five bucks. Most kids would do anything for cash – even give away some of their candy.

2. Pretend to Be Pushing A Baby in A Stroller

You’ve seen them before – those moms who take their 8-month old children trick-or-treating dressed as a pumpkin. Well, get yourself a stroller and you can do the same. Use a baby doll or stuffed animal and cover it with blankets. You’ll have a bag (or stroller) in no time.

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3. Trick-or-Treat On Campus

Not all college students will be willing to give you candy, but for every five houses full of college students, you may knock on the door of a professor or administrator. Be nice and they may take pity on you… and share their Kit Kats.

4. Trick-or-treat On Behalf of Your “Sick Little Brother”

This one won’t exactly win you good karma points, but it should get you a boatload of Snickers and Tootsie Rolls. Go door to door and tell the homeowner that your little brother just got their tonsils out or has a bad case of the flu – if you want to get serious, bring a picture of a little boy with you for effect. Chances are, some sympathetic mom might even give you double for helping out your poor, innocent baby brother.

5. Dress Up As A Baby or A Little Kid

Costume stores always have at least one baby costume – complete with a rattle and pacifier. You might get a couple of weird looks, but technically, all children deserve candy!

6. Get A Babysitting Job

Babysitting is usually great on its own – it’s good money and can be a fairly easy job. Offer to take the kids trick-or-treating. Sometimes the parents may want to do it themselves, but if the parents have to work they’d probably love the help. If the kids love you, they’ll probably be happy to share their candy with you too.

7. Trick-or-Treat In A Group

When someone is handing out candy to a large group of people, they are less likely to look at each person’s face. They might just stick their hand out and let the candy fall into whatever bag is underneath it.

8. LIE!

The most basic way to go trick-or-treating while in college is to just lie. If you get funny looks, just tell the nosy parents you’re in high school.

Your appearance is the key to this whole operation. If you walk up to someone’s front door in your local college sweatshirt, some mom is going to laugh in your face. If need be, don’t wear makeup (if you’re a girl) and leave your hair a little unkempt. You have to look semi-young or the person handing out the candy won’t give you a chance to explain before they slam the door in your face.

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